Leisure centre wins national recognition

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Whitby Leisure Centre won national acclaims after hosting hosted its first ever National League Volleyball fixture when the famous Leeds Carnegie arrived to play local team North Riding Eagles.

The feedback to Volleyball England from visiting teams and the match officials was positive with regards to how clean the sports hall and changing rooms were.

There was also special praise for the staff who helped in making sure everything was in place to meet the high criteria set for hosting national league volleyball matches.

Eagles coach Anthony Laffan said the positive impression of Whitby had also been enhanced on court by the continuing progress of North Riding Eagles.

The club was credited as the fourth best club in the country in an official survey by Volleyball England and it is the progress the mainly junior club is making on court that is catching the headlines.

While Leeds Carnegie came boasting a team of international players from across Europe in their line-up, North Riding is made up of all local players and only two adults in the team. The mainly junior team came within five points of pulling off a surprise win in the 2nd set of their 3-0 defeat.

“All the positive feedback about volleyball in and around Whitby has seen North Riding Eagles in partnership with Whitby Leisure Centre get awarded the opportunity to host of not one, but two junior national cup regional qualifiers,” said Mr Laffan.

This means that on the weekend of 14-15 January, the Northern qualifiers of the girls’ under 16 and 18 English Cup will be hosted in Whitby. The qualifiers go through to the national last eight in Kettering.

Mr Laffan said: “The support we receive from the leisure centre has been a big boost to the club and for the development of volleyball in the area.”

The top junior club side and current champions, Manchester, were also due to travel to Whitby for a game.